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Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
London

The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

By , 10 November 2018
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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 February 2018
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Alan Oke (Skuratov) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

An arresting From the House of the Dead at Welsh National Opera

By , 08 October 2017
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Robert Hayward (Khovansky) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Stark and spellbinding: Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina leads WNO's Russian season

By , 23 September 2017
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Mark Le Brocq © Hazard Chase
Dublin

A deeply moving Dream of Gerontius: Markson plumbs the depths with soloists and NSO

By , 19 May 2017
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Adrian Thompson (Hermit) and Stephanie Corley (Simplicius) © Max Lacome
London

Simply brilliant: Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus at Sadler’s Wells

By , 11 November 2016
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Lester Lynch (Shylock) © Johan Persson
Cardiff

All that glitters: Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice staged by Welsh National Opera

By , 16 September 2016
***11
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Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
London

Dipping a toe into the Rhine: Wagner therapy from Opera North

By , 28 June 2016
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Andrew Bidlack (Private John Ball) and Marcus Farnsworth (Lieutenant Jenkins) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis opens at Welsh National Opera

By , 13 May 2016
****1
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Béla Perencz (The Dutchman) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's exciting Der fliegende Holländer at Leeds Town Hall

By , 27 June 2015
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Ashley Holland (Captain Hook) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Leaving J.M.Barrie dangling: High-flying Peter Pan at Welsh National Opera

By , 16 May 2015
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Robert Hayward (Roderick Usher) and Anna Gorbachyova (Madeline Usher) © Stephen Cummiskey
Cardiff

Usher House double bill fails to stand up

By , 13 June 2014
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John Tomlinson (Moses) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Scant Sodom, no Gomorrah, but a riveting Moses und Aron

By , 24 May 2014
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Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts as Peter Grimes  ©  Bill Cooper
Leeds

Opera North's triumphant Peter Grimes returns to Leeds

By , 14 September 2013
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Opera North’s production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case. Director Tom Cairns, Set and Costum ©  Robert Workman
Edinburgh

Opera North's production première of The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 11 August 2012
***11
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